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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 25 36 pages in 4 sections Decemberlf 2000 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Canyon Classic The Luling Lady Eagles lost a 13point lead against the Canyon Cougarettes in the third place game of the Canyon Classic Tying bows Making that perfect Christmas bow can be a scary prospect for those of us who are all Candlelight vigil in Landa Park FROM STAFF REPORTS The Compassionate Friends World wide Candle Lighting will take place at today in Landa Park across from the Olympic pool Candles will be lit promptly at 7 in honor of children all over the world who have died Participants are asked to bring a can dle and a photo of their child to the vig il This is a worldwide Debra LeBlanc cofacilitator of Our Children Forever said Our Children Forever is a local support group for bereaved parents Cheer Fund Giving to the Cheer Fund were 1 Buck Pottery Anonymous La Mujer Texana Anonymous Linden Anderson Mail or drop off donations for the Cheer Fund at 707 Landa St in New Braunfels Cheer Fund pro vides food baskets for local needy families INDEX Week My 77 Even closer now The Florida Supreme Court on Friday ordered manual recounts to begin in Gores election challenge and added 383 votes to his total DM 1 After Floridas election certification Difference 537 Dec 8 After Florida Supreme Court ruling Difference 154 Supreme Court stops vote count AP BY TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent The Supreme Court ordered a tem porary halt Saturday in the Florida vote count on which Al Gore pinned his best hopes of winning the White House Justice Antonin Scalia said the courts 54 decision suggests George W Bush stands a sub stantial probability of success next week in a case that could settle the presidency The courts schism was the latest and most dramatic in a long season of political division Justice John Paul Stevens said the majority has acted unwisely in cut ting off the Florida vote count which put Bush 177 votes ahead in an unofficial Associated Press count Bush heard of the ruling in a telephone call to his Texas ranch and was very an aide said It was a sharp setback to Gore who believed he could overtake Bush in Florida The states 25 electoral votes will determine the 43rd president and end the deadlock from the Nov 7 election Gore attorney David Boies expressed keen disappointment speculating that if the count ing were to go forward it looks like Vice President Gore and Senator Joseph Lieber man would win the popular vote in Florida just like they won it outside of Gore was awarded a weekend recount Fri day by the Florida Supreme Court prompt ing a flood of Republican lawyers to press an appeal They were unsuccessful at the state level and federal appellate levels before the Supreme Court intervened The courts decision froze the examination of thousands of ballots in dozens of Florida counties just hours after it had started The high court ordered both sides to pre sent oral arguments at 11 EST Monday on the underlying legal issues in recounting disputed ballots The five votes to halt Floridas weekend vote came from Chief Justice William Rehn quist and Justices Anthony Kennedy Clarence Thomas Sandra Day OConnor and Scalia Stevens Stephen Breyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter dissented Holiday homes K JESSIE June Long left gives visitors a brief history of the Gladden home Saturday afternoon during the Christmas Tour of Homes Tickets sell out for home tours BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer From the outside the weekend home of Houston residents Martha and Mike Gladden looks as if it had stepped out of a history book right onto Zink Street in New Braunfels It fits perfectly with the other olderstyle homes on the street from its inviting wraparound porch to the rusted hitching post in the front yard A plaque outside the front door however hints to visitors that the house while made to look Victorian is a new house The State of Mind Historical Committee marker states that on March Texas declared its inde pendence from Mexico Comanches roamed the state and Rangers protected the settlers And this building was not here the marker states But the house except for the modern appliances inside could fool almost anyone The Gladdens home was decorated in full holiday splendor for Saturdays Holiday Christmas Tour of Homes Bows and garlands were draped on the porch Wreaths hung from the front door and windows Inside Christmas cookies sat next to a glowing red candle in the kitchen The antique dining room table which came from one of the Gladdens grandparents homes was set with Christmas dishes The breakfast table in the kitchen also hosted holi day settings complete with butter knives that had Christmas characters as handles June Long a member of the Tour of Homes Com mittee greeted visitors and offered them interesting See Firefighters take issue with citys salary study BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels Firefighters Association has concerns about a salary survey city council used to implement pay adjustments for some employees Darren Brinkkoeter president of the association was at the November meeting with about 20 other firefighters when council considered the pay raises v The whole reason we were there was maybe to advise them or give them a lit tle insight on what was taking place actu ally with the salary Brinkkoeter said But the firefighters were not allowed to speak even though the public routinely is given an opportunity to speak on matters before the council The firefighters did not attend the council meeting to complain but to inform Brinkkoeter said Staffing study concerns MEETING WHO New Braunfels City Council WHAT Proposed payasthrow plan WHEN Monday WHERE council chambers New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave Theyre a little upset that we werent given some time to express just our he said Mayor Stoney Williams said They had plenty of time to argue when the salary study was being done when the whole process was taking place when all this information was being gathered Thats the time that they need to discuss the individual argu ments with it not at a city council Police officers and garbage collectors were not at the meeting Williams said Im glad they organized and have a good group but that wasnt the time to discuss their he said They needed to take that up when the survey was being Earlier this year the city council contracted with Ray and Associates to conduct salary and staffing studies for the city for The salary study was initiated after a Texas Munici pal League study showed that the city had some employ See Judge shows Comal the money County court becomes real cash cow under Freeman BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer County Court at Law Judge Brenda Freeman felt like a million bucks Thursday And so did County Judge Danny Scheel and com missioners court when Freeman presented them with a check for a cool million dollars The check represents found money cash County Court at Law has generated for the county in fines and costs between Jan and the end of November Quite a bit of it was bad debt past due money owed the county by convicted scoftlaws That is a lot of misdemeanors and civil cases and with an annual court budget of than a revenue return of Fortune 500 propor tions By the end of this month Freeman hopes to add another Judge Freeman does a fantastic Scheel said She has a great way of collecting If they owe the court money she calls them down on Fri days sets them in the jury box and tells them they have until 5 to come up with the money or theyll go to jail amazing how they come up with Scheel said Freeman said The assumption is they dont pay because they cant pay Thats not In many cases she said it was just a matter of K JESSIE helping someone see the light County Court at Law Judge Brenda Freeman collections coor Visa pesters them and they pay that bill So do dinator Becky Denmark and County Commissioner Jay Millikin she said show off the check of million collected for the county this See year
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